iDeX: Startups 101 – How to Be a Rockstar Employee
Oct. 14, 2014
Lehigh alumnus Lauren Gill ’10, Senior Talent Manager for Venture For America, will lead a skills development and information session on how to be a great startup employee. Modeled after Teach for America, Venture for America is a fellowship program for recent college graduates who want to learn how to build a business while making an impact. VFA Fellows get training and join a startup in an emerging U.S. city, where they live and work for two years at one of VFA’s hundreds of partner companies. They learn hands-on what it takes to build a company, while getting the mentorship, network, and ongoing support to prepare themselves to become successful entrepreneurs. The program’s goal is to spark job growth in cities that need it by sending top talent to help grow the businesses that will make it happen.
Drawing from hundreds of VFA Fellows’ experiences, when you work at a startup, you can’t expect an employee handbook on day one. You probably can’t count on doing something within your job description on any given day, either. Even in an environment equal parts ambiguity and urgency, you can expect to add value and impress. Join us at this interactive event to talk communication, initiative, and leadership and to hear best practices and tips for success.
Lauren Gill is Venture for America’s Senior Talent Manager. A Psychology major with minors in Business and Spanish, Lauren graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2010. She embarked on her first post-graduation adventure, teaching, as a Teach for America corps member in Washington, D.C., and earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Next, Lauren joined Venture for America, where she now runs the Fellowship admissions program. When she’s not interviewing potential Fellows or obsessing over all things VFA, you can find her going for a run, exploring Manhattan’s many brunch-worthy restaurants, or volunteering, teaching dance classes at a local homeless shelter.
This event is free and open to all. Refreshments are included. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 758-5626. This event is sponsored by Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.